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Whitehead Member Mary Gehring  studies how gene expression is regulated by the addition and removal of DNA methylation from the genome. In this image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, the veins of the sepals, filaments of the anthers, and base of the stigma are highlighted by a marked enzyme that is essential to this type of gene regulation. 

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Richard Young, Maria Zuber, Kathleen "Kate" Rubins, David Page

Whitehead Connects: An evening with NASA Astronaut Kathleen Rubins

Whitehead Connects was pleased to welcome NASA astronaut and former Whitehead Fellow Dr. Kathleen “Kate” Rubins on September 12, 2017.

In the News

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October 6, 2017

Genetic body/brain connection identified in genomic region linked to autism

For the first time, Whitehead Institute scientists have documented a direct link between deletions in two genes—fam57ba and doc2a—in zebrafish and certain brain and body traits, such as seizures, hyperactivity, large head size, and increased fat content. Both genes reside in the 16p11.2 region of the genome, which has been linked to multiple brain and body disorders in humans, including autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, seizures, and obesity.



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September 12, 2017

AudioHelicase: The podcast of Whitehead Institute

Whitehead's David Sabatini discusses mTOR, a protein connecting metabolism, nutrition, and disease and the current research in his lab investigating the mTOR pathway and its role in cancer, diabetes, and aging.



Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology at MIT are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level.

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Research Glance: Slide of red blood cells


For more than a century, the link between thyroid hormone and red blood cell production has remained elusive. Now, Whitehead scientists have teased about the mechanism that connects them, which could help scientists identify new therapies for specific types of anemia.


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